Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Wednesday 2nd week of Easter -
April 26, 2006
Wednesday 2nd week of Easter - Yr II
The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of
the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles
and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the
Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, "Go and
take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything
about this life." When they heard this, they went to the temple early
in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his companions
arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the children
of Israel, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court
officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back
and reported, "We found the jail securely locked and the guards
stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one
inside." When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests
heard this report, they were at a loss about them, as to what this
would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, "The men whom
you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people."
Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them, but
without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that
everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal
life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him
will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been
condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten
Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the
world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were
evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not
come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But
whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be
clearly seen as done in God.
Today's Gospel reading contains one of the best known and best loved
lines of scripture: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son,
that whoever believes in him might not die, but might have eternal
life." Some have called this verse "the Bible within the Bible." It is
so called since it sums up the entire biblical message, affirming in
particular two biblical truths.
First, God took the initiative to save us. Preachers often give the
impression that God is more interested in condemning than in saving.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Second, the verse affirms that God's initiative was motivated by love.
God saved the world because he loved the world and its people.
"Love" is a word that modern usage has drained of all its depth. Car
stickers proclaim to the world, "I love a good steak", or "I love my
gun." "Love" is used in modern novels and movies to describe the
relationship between a man and a woman who have known each other for an
hour or two.
When one reads, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son," the
word "love" is rediscovered with the original depth of meaning it once
had. God, who weighs the mountains in his hands, who scatters the stars
across the heavens, is so in love with the creatures he made, so caring
and concerned for them, that he put in their hands the most precious of
his possessions, his only Son. He gave his Son to his human creatures
so that they might rise above the limitation of their creaturehood and
live forever in his beneficent presence.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Untoy.
- may the Holy Spirit guide David on his discernment.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 25th Wedding Anniversary: Judy & Eduardo Tintoc
- Birthday: Rosalinda Lu
- In Memoriam (+): Jovito Yu (1949 - 2003)
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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